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The salvinia struggle

Currently, 4,000 acres of Lake Bistineau are covered by salvinia; three weeks ago, the fern covered just 1,500 acres. While a tough plant, the fern needs water to survive, leading Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries to believe a drawdown on Lake Bistineau could be a possible treatment for the salvinia. READ MORE
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Herbicides applied to Newman Lake milfoil

An aluminum boat with orange hoses hanging off the stern slowly plied the waters of Newman Lake on Tuesday morning spreading liquid herbicide over invasive Eurasian milfoil. READ MORE
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Bolton Lake to close Thursday for treatment

BOLTON — Bolton Lake will be closed Thursday as it’s treated with chemicals to eradicate aquatic weeds. The chemical being applied is an herbicide known by its trademark Sonar Genesis, or fluridone. READ MORE
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Water weed threatening rivers, farms

It looks spectacular and unique, but water hyacinth is one of the world’s worst aquatic species. It is the dangerous potential of the species that has prompted authorities in both Victoria and NSW to warn people about it. There is particular concern for the Yarrawonga and Corowa regions and especially Lake Mulwala. READ MORE
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Teachers get a hands-on lesson in Florida ecology

Photo by Erica Brough/Staff photographer

Photo by Erica Brough/Staff photographer

Todd Space has been teaching biology to high schoolers for years, but this week he’s a student. Standing outside the University of Florida’s Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, with mud on his shoes from tramping around the pond, he admitted it felt good to switch roles.
“It’s nice to learn once in a while,” Space said. Space and 23 other educators from around the state are participating in Plant Camp 2013, a weeklong workshop where teachers trade their classrooms for the outdoors and learn about Florida’s native flora and fauna. READ MORE
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Living with weeds, algae part of lake life

The number 1 topic in Lake County this summer will be the aquatic weeds and algae in Clear Lake. In fact, new patches of weeds continue to sprout up every day. Most of the weeds presently being harvested are sago pondweed, a plant native to Clear Lake. This is the long stringy weed that breaks loose and forms mats. Later in the summer other species of weeds such as primrose and duckweed will be sprouting.
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Vt. lake to be treated with herbicide to control invasive aquatic plant

POULTNEY, Vermont — Lake St. Catherine in the Rutland County town of Poultney, Vermont, will be treated with a chemical to control Eurasian milfoil, an invasive plant. Officials say the use of the herbicide is part of a lake-wide plan, which includes manual and mechanical methods to control milfoil.
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Use restrictions recommended for Lake St. Catherine following milfoil treatment

POULTNEY – The application of the chemical herbicide triclopyr is scheduled for Lake St. Catherine on Monday, June 17 to control the aquatic invasive plant Eurasian watermilfoil, Myriophyllum spicatum, in selectively chosen dense beds around the lakeshore. The displacement of native aquatic plants has been reported in lakes throughout Vermont where Eurasian watermilfoil has become widespread and dense.
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Leverett sends invasive aquatic plants in town pond packing

LEVERETT — In an effort to combat a growing infestation of invasive aquatic plants, the Friends of Leverett Pond — a local lake preservation organization — applied an herbicidal treatment to Leverett Pond last week aiming to control the spread of milfoil and curly-leaf pondweed… After the milfoil has died, a hydro-rake will be made available to landowners to clean up waterfront areas, with the goal of removing the plant’s root systems. Landowners will then be responsible for removing any material collected by the rake. Friends of Leverett Pond has also secured a permit for the use of cloth mats, known as benthic barriers, to prevent the weeds from returning.
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Invasive Weed Could Overrun Illinois Waterways

The Illinois department of natural resources is asking for your help in spotting an aquatic invasive weed called Hydrilla. These plants have already been found in many states east of the Mississippi river and are expected to arrive in Illinois soon.
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